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04/22/2012 - 8:53am WSULS vs. Others

2008 WSULS grad here. After graduating I worked at large law firm here in Michigan and now work as an AUSA. I assisted with hiring at both places and currently sit on the hiring committee at my current job.

Your question on selecting a lower ranked school over a higher ranked school should depend on where you see yourself practicing over the next few years. WSULS is an excellent school. Great professors, administrators, and your classmates will be instaters who just fell short of getting into U of M. WSULS students that do well are 1b to U of M students who opt to stay in state. MSU students still have a hard time getting in state jobs. On the down side, it just doesn't have the out of state appeal of the higher ranked school. MSU, because of its name and sports program, has much more national pull than WSU, which is indicated in its move up the rankings.

All that said, If you plan to practice in Michigan for at least five years, WSULS is an excellent option; not so much if you plan to go out of state.

01/06/2012 - 11:34am BUT

Did he happen to meet her on his recruiting trip?!? That's the question

01/06/2012 - 11:21am Same here

Not bad looking either. Certainly MILF status for a few people I know.

01/06/2012 - 11:20am Rivalry

Agree. Plus, you have your son going to your favorite team's enemy. That's like a
<br>diehard Mgoblogger's kid going to Ohio. Not to mention the surprise element of it all. She didn't seem to have a clue what his decision would be beforehand.

08/04/2011 - 5:29pm Ah hah!

I like what you did there, sir!

07/12/2011 - 6:24pm Did you...

...help the University make money? Millions maybe? Some of these guys have no intention of ever using their degree (if they get one). College is the pathway to the NFL. Their athletic ability is their asset. It's the way out of poverty for many of these athletes. Even if you don't agree, at least try to understand the mindset.

06/13/2011 - 11:24am posted from iPhone
05/31/2011 - 6:31pm posted from iPhone
04/17/2011 - 3:18pm More than 1...

That "something" could easily involve multiple players. The silence may be due to some of the players involved wanting to enjoy the recruiting process a bit more. Just thinking this is beyond a single commitment...

04/16/2011 - 9:44am Nice

It's actually a nice place to live, especially when you work downtown. Don't get caught up in the media. There are bad neighborhoods in Detroit like every other major city, but downtown is cool and generally safe.

03/15/2011 - 5:35pm Chappell

Gordie, I know Mike. His first cousin and his bestfriend are close friends of mine. We hung out and played ball quite a bit during undergrad, especially when Mike tranferred to msu. Mike comes from an upper-middle class family as do his first cousin and bestfried. Not to mention, Southfield was THE place to live for middle-class African Americans at that time. Jalen's point still holds true. 

01/19/2011 - 3:21pm Same Thought

I had the same thought re: "WRs  galore" and Lucien, and the move to an offense that emplyoys a TE instead of a 4th receiver. Hopefully they allocate his position to a D-lineman and are actually able to fill it with a talented recruit. It'll be interesting to see if we get back in on Lucien if the coaching staff determines that we won't be able to otherwise fill the slot.

01/18/2011 - 12:27pm More of this...

Related question, I wonder if we can expect a little more of this. Vlad and Turner could both be potential re-commits. I'm sure Hoke could use a few players to fill in the gaps who also know Michigan.

01/11/2011 - 8:25am Not Highly Paid by HC Standards

BH doesn't make great money for a HC. He makes the equivalent of what Muschamp made at Texas. I don't think it would be insane at all. Who knows whether he would be able to win at SDSU. If not, he decreases the value of his stock by staying at SDSU. Serving as a DC at Michigan (and winning) puts him in a better position for a major gig, whether he's Michigan's next HC or a HC somewhere else.

Of course, I could be wrong, but that's my take on it. We're all guessing at this point.

01/11/2011 - 8:08am Brandon: He Does It Big!

As we have seen, Brandon likes to do things on the large scale (night game, Big Chill, HD screens). That said, don't be surprised if both Miles and Hoke come to Michigan. Miles will be HC and Hoke the DC and coach in waiting. Further, I think the new staff will be a bit of a reunion.

Hoke will come because he'll be an in-house hire whenever Miles retires and no one - assuming Michigan gets back to winning - will question his becoming the HC.  This isn't San Diego State. And since Brandon is willing to pay this time around, I don't see Hoke taking much of a paycut as DC if at all. I believe F. Jackson will be retained, and maybe Soup and a few other former Michigan coaches will be brought back. Brandon, at the end of the day, will attempt to avoid the external process to find Miles' successor. Brandon is setting this up perfectly.

I also wonder if LSU's willingness to pay part of Miles' buyout has something to do with him providing notice to terminate BEFORE he actually signed the Michigan contract. If so, the reduction could be related to an agreement to leave some of his old staff (which is possible because Hoke is coming), not contact recruits once he leaves (they could still contact him), etc.

I can't imagine that this coaching announcement will be a normal one. This is Brandon we're talking about.

09/27/2010 - 8:36pm Absolutely Not True

Grant Mason was in a frat - Kappa Alpha Psi. Dhani Jones was in a frat - Alpha Phi Alpha. And numerous other football players wanted to be in frats. Joining a frat isn't necessarily the easiest when going trough Spring Ball but it is not prohibited at U of M.

09/11/2010 - 8:14am Inside Info or Jerk?

You must either know Jacory Harris very well and, as a result, his level of intellect, or you've got to be the biggest jerk the MGoCommunity has seen to date. Please advise.

09/10/2010 - 11:42am Ten Freshmen

Off the top of my head, I count:

D. Gardner

W. Hagerup

J. Jackson

M. Robinson

C. Johnson

J. Black

R. Vinopal

C. Christian

T. Talbott

D. Dileo

Looks like ten (10) to me.

09/05/2010 - 8:10pm First Thought

When I first read your header my initial thought was "this OP is nuts" but after I looked at the picture, you're right, D-Rob does really look like Des Howard in that pic.

+1 for not giving you a chance

09/04/2010 - 10:34pm Death Roh Sack

I believe Roh got a sack for a 4 yard loss

09/04/2010 - 9:47pm Wind/Squib Kicks

We kicked squib kicks when going into the wind. When kicking with the wind we put the ball in the air.

08/28/2010 - 12:27pm Obi

Looks like Obi continues to get some time with the 1's. That competition looks to be ongoing. Carvin also got time with the 1's.

08/17/2010 - 9:36am Rate of Acceptance

The M would definitely be higher on the list if it decreased the number of students it accepted. Per the rankings, Michigan admits 50% of applicants and has a higher total enrollment than each of the schools ranked ahead of it in the rankings.

08/05/2010 - 2:32pm Big Will

Was just about to make that comment, Foote Fetish. +1 millliooooooon!

07/26/2010 - 10:30am Great Story

Excellent story. It's amazing how much these kids go through. Conway seems to have a great attitude and understands how important it is to take advantage of second, third, and fourth chances. I'm rooting for Mr. Conway. Great addition to the Wolverine Family. I think his hardworking attitude, and ability to overcome obstacles, will translate to the field.

07/23/2010 - 12:17pm Hard to say who

Hard to say who is relatively unknown on this blog (there's so much information here), but here are my choices:

Offense: Mike Cox

Defense: Cullen Christian

Special Teams: Jeremy Gallon

07/23/2010 - 11:02am Relax
I took the Michigan bar exam in 2008 but hope my advice applies to any bar exam. If you've studied hard, you should feel great at this point. I felt extremely confident going in that nothing I would do during the 3-4 days before the exam would improve my score. But whether you study during the exam should depend on how comfortable you are with the material to be tested that day. You may feel like you should freshen up on the tricky details of a particular topic. Or, you may find, like I did, that you are better of resting your mind. You should probably have a really good idea what approach you should take by the weekend, based on where your score is and what topics, if any, you are having the most difficulty with. Whatever the case, don't freak out. Smile and laugh during the breaks.
 
If you haven't done this already, start taking 10 or more questions from each of the multi-state subjects and making your own test. This will help you stay fresh on all of the subjects as opposed to just taking questions from one topic area.
 
The bar exam is not as difficult as some will make you believe and it's not that different than exams you took during law school. Importantly, you'll probably find the bar exam to be easier than the questions in the PMBR and Kaplan books. I had a scaled score of 126 on the last PMBR practice test but received a 179 on the multi-state portion of the bar exam.
 
Finally, surpress your Mgoblog addicition for the next few days :)
 
Best wishes next week, IndyBlue.
07/22/2010 - 7:20pm Stipend

PeterKlima, I definitely wouldn't make that argument. It would be impossible to assess what each individual player brings in. Your second point ignores the fact that a good player at the college level -- someone who brings value to his team and university -- could be overlooked by the NFL. Making the NFL is not a measure of a player’s value at the college level. I presented the Woodson example only to make the point that a player's financial contribution to a school can exceed the value of the school's contribution to the player by way of tuition, etc.

I honestly don't know the answers to whether college athletes should be paid and, if so, how much. A potential answer is to allot a certain percentage of profits to stipends for student-athletes. The amount each football player could receive could be determined by giving a certain amount for each game started and/or percentage of plays played. Such a formula would give starters a higher stipend than third stringers. However, I would be sure to give all players a stipend for the reasons stated in my above post (i.e. value added through star players, etc.).

Hell, another answer is to allow players to take money from whoever offers it as long as taking the money doesn't compromise the outcome of the game.

07/22/2010 - 7:02pm Difficulty

JBrose49, lol, that's the way things work here. Like you, I try to understand a person's position/argument even if I don't agree...

But your point about third stringers vs. superstars is exactly why the argument is so difficult to make. Really, the value to the institution for third stringers is the contribution they make through star players. The third stringers give their services to ensure that the star players have bodies to practice against. Third stringers may also add value through injecting a competitive spirit in other teammates, despite their lack of 5-star talent. Otherwise, the value may come through each player's contribution to the school's brand.

 

07/22/2010 - 4:21pm Value of College Degree

That wasn't my intention. I value education. Education opens doors. But is the "possible value" of a college degree comparable to the millions made? The issue is not one of no value received but of how much value. Take Charles Woodson for instance. Can we say that the value of his degree was fair in light of the money made off of his services?

07/22/2010 - 4:04pm Agreed....

Agreed Purple Stuff. The clearer analogy would be that labor of colleage athletes bears fruit for the NCAA and member institutions the same way slave masters benefitted from the labor of slaves. You could further make the argument that the sufficiency of college tuition as payment for college athletes is equivalent to the slave master providing room and board to his slaves.

07/22/2010 - 3:57pm Not at all

Not at all, Norfolk Wolverine. Whitlock's point there is simply that the cash cows of college athletics support the non-cash cows. Basketball and football -- sports generally dominated by black athletes -- happen to be the cash cows. Not sure if many would argue with that reality. But he doesn't suggest that reality is cause to x those other sports.

07/22/2010 - 3:54pm Pretty Interesting Piece

While I think he goes out on a few limbs with his analogies, I understand and agree with several of the points to be taken from Whitlock and Byers. I think this blog, and others like it, example the machine that is college athletics. This blog is comprised of diehard fans that are willing to spend money to support their teams, coaches, players and hell, potential players (ie. recruits). We know where the millions in revenues and profits go.

07/15/2010 - 3:38pm (No subject)

07/13/2010 - 1:42pm Not at all. It was sarcasm

Not at all. It was sarcasm mixed with my dislike for Coach Hope because of "the handshake"...

07/13/2010 - 1:21pm Violation Anyone?

Am I the only one wondering how a coach can name a starting quarterback during the summer when coaches can't assess players during that period? Ok, maybe he knew during Spring ball but decided to hold off on the announcement to motivate his players during the Summer months. But still, Coach Hope might be up to something...

07/12/2010 - 5:19pm Vacations During Un-Official Visits

TomVH noted that the coaches are on vacation. For tthe recruits that have visited/committed thus far, interacting with the coaches during their visits seemed extremely important. For those visiting during what I'm sure is a muched needed break, who fills in for the vacationing coaches?

Edit: This question was asked below.

07/11/2010 - 10:23am Fiction

You don't sound cynical; you ARE supremely cynical!

Fact or Fiction: Michigan will have a candidate to wear the #1 jersey by the end of the year

07/11/2010 - 10:10am LeBron James: Master of Philantropy?

So many people have commented that LeBron crapped on Cleveland. I disagree. Isn't that the business of pro sports? When a player is all used up, the team is free to trade of his rights or not re-sign him. Sometimes the first a player hears of being traded is via that damn scrolling ticker at the bottom of ESPN broadcast. The same holds true for athletes. When a contract allows for a player to seek better options, the player should explore his options, IMHO.

And even if you believe LeBron crapped on Cleveland by leaving on national television, there was a very good reason, IMO. Most consider LeBron to be a pretty savvy business man, even if his savvy is relative to other pro athletes. So what would drive LeBron to announcing his decision on TV when he knew he was (1) leaving Cleveland for South Beach and (2) Cleveland (the people and businesses, not to mention his menopausal ex-owner) would be hurt?

The KIDS! What many have loss in this whole thing is that LeBron used his celebrity to give to the Boys and Girls Club. The University of Phoenix donated several scholarships and a half million dollars. LeBron noted that all of the proceeds from advertisement were given to the Boys and Girls Club. You may not agree that it was tactful, but you have to admit that his lack of tact (if you see as such) was for a very good cause.

Now as for the build-up and secrecy surrounding the decision…You have to imagine that ESPN demanded that LBJ keep his decision a secret to the very last minute. How else would they reap the benefits of all the LBJ coverage? The Nielsen ratings were through the roof because of - yes, you guessed it, the build up! He couldn't tell Cleveland and risk the team releasing a statement before "The Decision" aired.

I believe the whole thing was done for a very good cause. But I admit, LBJ and ESPN should have done a better job of gauging how fans would react to maintain LBJ’s brand.

And no, I’m not a LBJ fan.